After running the Palio 5K on Sunday, I have been re accessing my running goals and plans for the future. I would like to incorporate running regularly into my life again, but don’t want to over do it and then just stop running all together again. By creating a plan I can stick with, my running goals should be more attainable. As of right now, I have decided that Hal Higdon’s 5-K Training: Intermediate is right for me. It is relatively doable with a hectic schedule, and the runs don’t exceed 7 miles. I am planning on running another 5K at the end of October, so this should work out really well! MAYBE I can even beat my current PR and get under 30 minutes! Ideally, I would really like to train and run another half marathon in the spring. This will all be dependent on my schedule and job situation. We will see!
Chris and I have been together for a really long time. Like a really long time. Like, so long that when we started dating I still had braces and just started college. A running joke throughout our relationship has been my persistent wine induced proposals. After a glass or two of wine, I became notorious for proposing to Chris (this goes way back, I probably first proposed when I was 18). At the time of my “first proposal” Chris laughed and told me that I wasn’t allowed to propose, he had to do it. So, I of course took that as an invitation to continue to propose. Fast forward about 9 years and I started to get the feeling that Chris was actually going to propose (insert nervous anxiety here).
The day of our engagement started like most other days, other than the fact that it was New Year’s Day. We woke up late, went to one of our local coffee shops for bagels and coffee. I spent lots of time at the verizon store and got a new iPhone, Chris got a haircut, and we relaxed and watched Netflix. Because we both had the day off, we planned a night full of Italian food and seeing Sisters downtown. We headed to dinner and had a great time talking about all the things Chris wanted to achieve in 2016. This included lots of house projects, starting blogging again and more. When we wrapped up dinner I thought to myself… (okay well.. dinner is done, looks like it’s not happening tonight!). I am pretty sure that I was a little relieved because I was overthink everything.
We had some time before the movie started, so we headed to Uncommon Grounds to pickup hot chocolates before walking to the theater. It was when we were sitting at Uncommon that I got a little feisty (thanks, red wine at dinner) and asked him to ask me what I wanted to do in 2016. I started rambling off a lot of the same house projects he mentioned, blogging again, workout goals, etc. at the end I said “and I am pretty sure we should get married this year… Chris Makenzie, will you marry me?” he laughed and said “funny you should say that, I was about to ask you the same thing” and pulls out a box from his pocket. After the fact, he told me that he had had the ring for weeks and was waiting for me to propose first.
After he proposed, we decided to keep our plans and headed to the movie. After the movie, we called my parents and headed home. We didn’t tell anyone else until the next day. I love our story and seriously couldn’t have planned something more “us” if I tried. We decided that we wanted to plan a wedding for 2016, so we really buckled down and booked everything pretty quickly. At this point, we are less than five months away from our day and I couldn’t be happier.
Hello Friends! Here we are, the last day of August. I dare not say “end of summer” because we have a week of 90 degree weather headed our direction. While the weather hasn’t accepted that we are essentially into September, everything else keeps chugging along. Chris has his fantasy football draft tomorrow, grocery stores have Halloween candy and pumpkin flavored beer for sale, mums are popping up and leaves are beginning to fall around my neighborhood. The school year starts next Wednesday for most of the elementary and high school kids.
This summer has been a good one. Lots of hot days, lots of swimming in the pool. A few road-trips and a short vacation in Maine. I have been taking a range of different classes at RAW Fitness in Saratoga that have made me feel strong and good about myself. If you told me a year ago that I would regularly be boxing and running up flights of stairs for fun, I would have laughed. RAW Fitness has really changed my outlook on working out- I look forward to the classes I sign up for and my back has felt really strong (so important to me).
This past weekend I visited the King Arthur flour campus in Norwich, Vermont and explored with my dad and brother. It was seriously a bakers dream! I left with 6 different types of baking mix (scones, breads, coffee cake (YUM)), as well as a roll of frozen cookie dough. On Saturday, I went to NYC with family for the BEST pizza and a Mets vs. Red Socks game.
In Butternut Squashington news, he has had a pretty awesome summer. Lots and lots of swimming, befriending our neighbors and figuring out how to break into their back porch. Lots of walks and a fantastic Maine vacation. He is seriously SUCH a lake dog. He spent every second he could with his paws in the water and enjoyed his few leash-less days immensely.
How was your summer? I missed blogging.
Good morning!! I took a barre-esque class last night and during the whole thing I kept thinking about what my challenge for next month should be. I am happy to say that I am on day 20 of the Whole30. HOLY CRAP. Day 20! Where did the time go? I suppose it feels like the fastest month and the slowest month at the same time. Anyhow, back to my workout distractions…Continue Reading
So lets start this post off by talking about how I started this Whole30 experience to see how it would change my mood and how I felt throughout the day. I did not start this with the intention of losing a ton of weight and somehow gaining magical Kate Middleton hair or other superpowers.
HOWEVER. Here were are at the halfway point and I weighed myself (I know I know, technically shouldn’t do that according to the Whole30 rules) but I was curious! And when the number stared back at me I was totally unimpressed. I have lost a couple of pounds, but nothing like some of the Whole30 reviews I have read!
At that point I tried to do some positive self talk and reiterate that this is not the point of the Whole30. I have been feeling amazing and have been sleeping better than I have in ages. But then I had a realization. Weight does not simply disappear without effort. Sure, this diet is effort- but eating sweet potatoes and sitting on the couch won’t magically give you abs. THAT is why for this second half of the Whole30 I will be making a huge effort to stay active. I will be doing the physical therapy exercises that helped my back last year as well as start running and lifting the weights that have been collecting dust in the garage.
I want this January to be a real turning point for me. I want to come out of it with a better eating and exercise habits. I have heard that it takes two weeks to create a new habit, so lets do this! I will also take stock in how the Whole30 has changed my body and my attitude. The weight isn’t falling off, but I’m not reaching for empty calorie snacks just for the sake of snacking. I have been more mindful of what I put in my body and feel fantastic. All of my meals have a purpose and have made me feel great. I have found that I can handle strict diet limitations in an office environment like a champ. I have saved a bunch of money from not eating out and buying groceries that don’t have a purpose. So on that note, huzzah! We are halfway through the month of January!
Things that I have been enjoying: I need more clementines! Also, pineapple is still a favorite.
Things I miss: Chips & salsa.
How I have been feeling: I have been struggling with the feelings I talked about above, but feel better now that I decided to do something about it. Also, I am sore! First time running since probably my half marathon.
WHOLE30 DAY 14 EATS –
Breakfast & Lunch were the same (Quiche for breakfast w/ Clementines and Spaghetti squash w/ turkey meat sauce). Dinner was totally random and delicious. I cooked up 3 slices of bacon, sauteed spinach in a little bacon grease and made 2 eggs over easy. In another pan I cooked up half a bag of frozen onions & peppers and added half a can of leftover fire roasted tomatoes. I put them all on a plate and ate it!